About the Match
The last match that the teams played against one another at Abu Dhabi was won by a disciplined and confident Rajasthan Royals in the super over wherein the batsmen’s fire power decided the fate of the game; the Royals once again face Kolkata Knight Riders, this time at Ahmedabad on 5th May. Rajasthan also won against Delhi chasing with ease and now have 8 points from 6 matches, whereas KKR have 4 points from same number of matches. Knight Riders, after their loss against Chennai Super Kings in the last match at Ranchi, are psychologically in a low morale whereas Royals have just beaten Delhi at their home ground and are riding high.
Karun Nair came good with the bat and smashed the Devils all over the ground, which helped the team in achieving the target of 152 without much hiccup; Tambe is in good form with his leg breaks and is confident of delivering to the cause of the team, extracting benefit from the pitch. Faulkner, Watson, Binny and Smith are in full form and the team is improving day by day and has a positive NRR. Rahane has proved to be a good opener and the team has been posting a good total in the initial overs that helps the middle order to consolidate the innings either in a chase or when they try and set a defendable target. Their diligence and meticulous approach in each match helps them plan the tasks and execute them clinically.
Kolkata Knight Riders
They have just suffered another defeat at the hands of the mighty CSK at Ranchi with a huge margin of 34 runs in a rain curtailed match as they were not able to chase a target of 149 runs in the stipulated 17 overs. They were found wanting in their bowling strength as they could dislodge only 3 of the well set Chennai batsmen; except for Shakib, others weren’t able to identify and pick holes in the batting prowess of the opposition. Facing a stiff target, KKR batsmen succumbed to the tricky spins of Jadeja and medium pace of Mohit Sharma and except for a stubborn knock by opener Utthappa holding one end, other top order batsmen were miserable in their form with the willow. Only Yusuf Pathan could salvage some prestige by firing a four and 4 sixes in his 41 off 29 balls but that was not enough to beat the Super Kings. The upcoming match with Rajasthan is against a determined and disciplined team that has won its previous match with a tie breaker against the same opponent and defeated Delhi in their own yard; KKR has to come out all guns blazing to survive here.
While the match could swing either way with players from both teams trying to dominate each other right from the beginning, the Royals are in a better frame of mind and they should be able to conquer the Knight Riders in this contest too, with ease.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.80 @ Bet365